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8 Projects We’re Looking Forward to in 2023

Final touches are being made on several big HOK-designed projects scheduled to officially open this year. Here are a few we can’t wait to see in ’23!

Emory University’s Health Sciences Research Building II

When it officially opens this year, HSRB II will bring together more than 1,000 biomedical researchers from cardiology, vaccinology, neurology, oncology and pediatrics in a building designed to spur multidisciplinary collaboration. A six-story central atrium offers views and connections between laboratories, common spaces and a dedicated innovation zone. Biophilic and sustainable design strategies offer occupants direct connections to nature and allow HSRB II to operate on roughly half the energy of similar size research buildings.


MLS expansion franchise St. Louis CITY SC will host its first home game this March at CITYPARK stadium. The 22,500-capacity venue features an intimate seating bowl and serves as the anchor for a new mixed-use stadium district. CITY will be one of the few U.S.-based teams in all professional sports and the only MLS club to have its stadium, team headquarters, training and performance center, and practice fields in one centralized downtown location. HOK designed the stadium and its adjacent facilities in collaboration with Snow Kreilich Architects.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 Expansion

This expansion of Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5 is scheduled to conclude this year. The project prepares the airport for future needs by increasing the terminal’s gate capacity by 25%, expanding passenger amenity space by 85%, replacing a nearly 30-year-old baggage handling systems and providing reconfigured and more efficient customs and immigration facilities. HOK designed the 300,000-sq.-ft. expansion in collaboration with Muller & Muller, Ltd.

UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy

The new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower will position the health system at the global forefront of ophthalmic research and care. Located on the UPMC Mercy Campus in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, the hospital includes a nine-story tower that houses research, office and conference areas and a four-story building home to surgery, clinical and pharmacy spaces.

British High Commission – Ottawa

Slated to open this year, the UK government’s new Canadian headquarters is set to become the greenest building within its diplomatic network. The high-performance building is designed to capture passive solar heat, reduce water usage by 40% and incorporate locally sourced recycled construction materials. Additional sustainability features of the LEED Gold-targeted building include extensive daylighting, vehicle charging stations and a program to divert 75% of construction waste for recycling.

Multiple College Football Operations Facilities

HOK has established itself as the premier design firm for college football training facilities. This year will see new HOK-designed football training centers open at multiple Division 1 programs, including Penn State, University of Mississippi, University of South Florida, Kansas State, University of Missouri and San Jose State. Similar facilities already support student-athletes and coaching staff at schools including Clemson University, Auburn University and two-time defending champion University of Georgia.

The Allen

Located west of downtown Houston along the Buffalo Bayou, this luxury mixed-use development on Allen Parkway features a hotel and condominium tower, an office building and a retail pavilion. Landscaped pathways, outdoor seating and a civic art program encourage public activity on the site and connections to nearby Buffalo Bayou Park.

HOK’s New Offices in Miami, Los Angeles and Kansas City

HOK opened offices in Miami, Denver and Austin in 2022 and we’re excited to wrap the buildout of our Miami space this year. Meanwhile, our Kansas City team is currently moving into its fully renovated office, and in Los Angeles we’re moving our studio from Culver City to a newly renovated space in the downtown arts district.

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